T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature (Hardback)
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T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 21/02/2013
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T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature, for the first time, considers the full imaginative and moral engagement of one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot, with the Early Modern period of literature in English (1580-1630). This engagement haunted Eliot's poetry and critical writing across his career, and would have a profound impact on subsequent poetry across the world, as well as upon academic literary criticism, and wider cultural perceptions. To this end, the book elucidates and contextualizes several facets of Eliot's thinking and its impact: through establishment of his original and eclectic understanding of the Early Modern period in relation to the literary and critical source materials available to him; through consideration of uncollected and archival materials, which suggest a need to reassess established readings of the poet's career; and through attention to Eliot's resonant formulations about the period in consequent literary, critical and artistic arenas. To the end of his life, Eliot had to fend off the presumption that he had, in some way, 'invented' the Early Modern period for the modern age. Yet the presumption holds some force - it is famously and influentially an implication running through Eliot's essays on that earlier period, and through his many references to its writings in his poetry, that the Early Modern period formed the most exact historical analogy for the apocalyptic events (and consequent social, cultural and literary turmoil) of the first half of the twentieth-century. T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature gives a comprehensive sense of the vital engagement of this self-consciously modern poet with the earlier period he always declared to be his favourite.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199574773
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 246 x 164 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
exceptional ... a genuine boon to Eliot scholars ... this attention to poetic method is vital and merits serious response. * Year's Work in English Studies *
Compelling ... Steven Matthews's study is the first comprehensive critical work to delineate Eliot's lifelong engagement with early modern literature, a milestone made all the more remarkable by Matthews's use of contemporary source materials to reconstruct the early modern period of Eliot's age. * John D. Morgenstern, Modernism/Modernity *
[An] important book, demanding but rewarding. * Paul Dean, English Studies *
a nuanced and exhaustive investigation ... Matthewss book is learned and supremely thorough. * Alec Marsh, American Literary Scholarship *
[Matthews] does provide a much-needed exposition of Eliot's relationship to what he called his favorite literaryperiod. Extensive citation of Eliot's work keeps the book grounded in careful close readings, and an easily accessible writing style is on display throughout * J. W. Moffett, Choice *
In this exhaustively researched and cogently argued book, Steven Matthews offers what is (somewhat surprisingly) the first comprehensive study of Eliotas long-recognized engagement with early modern English literature. * Lisa M.C. Weston, Sixteenth Century Journal *
The book is scholarly in resourceful, disciplined ways, as well as both strenuous and exacting. * Neil Corcoran, SHARP News *

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